|Normal Tuning of the Zither|
|Logic for using the circle of fifths|
|Putting things together|
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With basic knowledge of the circle of fifths layout of the Zither strings it is possible to play a lot of familiar music. Once learned, the cliché "oom-pah-pah" or "oom-pah-oom-pah" pattern in the accompaniment makes a lot of folk and pop music accessible.
The circle of fifths arrangement of the strings, especially in the accompaniment strings, simplifies chording and keeps chord clusters within the span of the hand. Chording on the fingerboard is also common.
As one practices, the arrangement of the notes becomes more familiar. Transitioning to polyphonic and contrapuntal styles of playing comes naturally.